Regular Monthly Mtg-May 15th, 2018

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
May 15th, 2018
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George Street, Clearfield PA

 

Chairman Randy Powell called the meeting to order.

 

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Roll call of supervisors showed Jeremy Ruffner, Daniel Mitchell and Randy Powell all present.

 

Comments from the audience:Gigi Gearhart thanked the Police Chief and the Department for the great work they do. She also commented that since revenues are up and it seems the township is purchasing a lot of items if they would be able to put some funds towards the Police Pension deficit. Chairman Powell explained that a lot of the revenues the Police Department has received is from donations that the Chief worked hard on getting in order to purchase equipment. Chief Clark explained that he is purchasing a lot of equipment, new computers and cameras for cars with the donation funds and Officers didn’t purchase a lot in the past and now they are doing catch up. The department is doing a lot of traffic stops and drug arrest. Ms. Gearhart also asked if the department can use radar. Chief Clark explained that Pennsylvania is the only state out of 50 states that only the State Police are permitted to use radar. Chairman Powell also explained that 4 of 5 cars have computers now and therefore officers can be out on the road more. Ms. Gearhart still would like to see funds go towards the pension deficit. Chairman Powell explained that the board would review it at the end of the year when they make the yearly required payment into the pension plan.

 

Daniel Mitchell motion to approve the minutes of the May 1st, 2018 meeting as written, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Police Report:Chief Clark reported that the new police vehicle should arrive on Thursday or Friday and Watch Guard will install the camera and also in the SUV.

Chief Clark also reported that the department would be doing training the week to follow.

Chief Clark presented an Invoice from Team Force in the amount of 7,541.69 for the new vehicle.

Randy Powell motion to pay Team Force in the amount of 7,541.69, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

Chief Clark asked for an Executive Session for Personnel issue.

Chief Clark would like to look at purchasing a larger shredder for the Police Department and will have prices ready for the next township meeting.

 

Engineers Report:Dave Stiffler and Scott McEldowney were present from Stiffler McGraw to discuss the DEP Consent Order and how the township plans to move forward with the mandates. Dave Stiffler suggest the 55 homes need certified and the crew go out and pull the observation stacks and if there is flow they get a letter. This needs done on the next rain event and they need enough help in order to check all 55 homes. Mr. Naddeo felt it would be better to camera since the evidence is good if we have to go to court. John Williams from Clearfield Municipal Authority was also present and Solicitor Naddeo asked him where CMA stands with the issue. Mr. Naddeo asked him if CMA wants to take over the system since it is their consent order, but that question was not answered. Chairman Powell asked the Solicitor if the township can go onto a property and dye test a pond to be sure water is not going into the Sanitary Sewer system. Mr. Naddeo did not see why the township would not be allowed to do so.

 

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It was asked if the township can designate some local plumbers to also do the Sewer Inspections in order to help out Pennsafe Inspection when they are not available. Randy Powell motion to pass a Resolution to authorize sewer inspections by James Hoyt Plumbing, BJOE(Brian Owens), and MacDonald as needed, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Solicitors’ Report: Mr. Naddeo presented the completed Ordinance for the Zoning changes for the supervisor’s approval. Randy Powell motion to approve Ordinance #2018-01, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

Solicitor Naddeo asked the supervisors if they wanted to set a date for a Public Meeting to make some changes to the Zoning which would include Daycare Centers. Randy Powell motion to set date of July 3rd, 2018 @ 6:30 P.M. for the Public Meeting, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Officer: Ms. Finkbeiner reported that the Conditional Use Hearing scheduled for June 5th, 2018 has been canceled. She also reminded residents the home owners to follow thru with their violation letters and they can review their videos at the township office.

 

Roadmasters Report:Roadmaster Woodling presented a Resolution from Penndot as per agreement Penndot will share in the cost to raise the manholes for the Coal Hill Road Bridge Project. Randy Powell motion to approve signing the Resolution, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

Roadmaster Woodling also reminded residents that the township crew may not always have work signs up while just installing a road sign etc but please use caution and slow down.

 

Roadmaster Woodling announced that Richard Turner has submitted his date for retirement of July 6th, 2018. Randy Powell motion to accept letter of retirement from Richard Turner, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:The Treasurer’s Report for the month of April has been submitted for the supervisors review.

 

The Secretary reported that the township received a check in the amount of 19,200.00 for Randy & Marie Tuma from their Insurance Co for a Fire Loss at 2319 McGeorge Road. The Code Officer has approved releasing the funds to the property owners. Randy Powell motion to pay the funds in the amount of 19,200.00 from the Reserve Account to the Tuma’s, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

 

The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to transfer funds from the General Fund to the TAN Savings Account in the amount of 200,000.00 to replace funds used earlier in the year until the township received Real Estate Funds from the Tax Collector. Randy Powell motion to approve transfer of funds, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Secretary/Treasurer also asked permission to pay the Donations Budgeted for 2018:

Airport                10,000.00

Cast                           750.00

Library                   2,500.00

SPCA                     1,250.00

Total                     14,500.00

Randy Powell motion to pay the 2018 Donations, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to Pay Invoices from The Reserve Account for the Lowe’s Traffic Light expenses in the amount of 3,660.00. Randy Powell motion to approve payment, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

 

The Secretary opened the Tar & Chip Bids:

Jefferson Paving                                       65,328.26

Midland Asphalt                                       81,181.98

Suit-Kote                                                 49,872.00

Russell Standard                                       52,427.94

Randy Powell motion to award bid to Suit-Kote in the amount of 49,872.00, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary presented the Co-Stars Program for the Electric Service Quote and asked for the supervisor’s approval. Randy Powell motion to accept the quote for the 48 months @ 0.05733 for all electric Invoices for the township, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary presented the Glen Richey Fire Company request for their 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 22nd, 23rd and 24th and asked for approval. Randy Powell motion to approve, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary also presented the Agility Work Plan with Penndot asking the township to pass a Resolution authorizing the chairman to sign the agreement that the township will sweep their parking lot and Penndot will paint lines on Riverview Rd, Coal Hill Rd and Airport Road. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor’s Report:

Supervisor Ruffner reported complaints of Dogs at the Rec Park and owners not cleaning up after them and leaving the waste on the fields. There are waste bags available at the park. The township does not want to make it that no pets are allowed. The Secretary asked that the would be respectful to the children. Supervisor Ruffner would like to see about the township have an area in the future for a Dog Park.

 

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

Randy Powell: No Report.

 

Jeremy Ruffner motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 126,799.96, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

 

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Daniel Mitchell motion to adjourn to Executive Session, Randy Powell second.

7:50 P.M.

 

Jeremy Ruffner motion to return from Executive Session, Randy Powell second.

8:41 P.M.

 

Randy Powell motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

 

Jeremy Ruffner motion to reconvene meeting, Randy Powell second.

 

Jeremy Ruffner motion to advertise for a Seasonal employee for the Roadcrew, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Randy Powell motion to adjourn, Jeremy Ruffner second.

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Police Chief Douglas Clark, Solicitor James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Engineers Dave Stiffler & Scott McEldowney, Gig Gearhart, Wendy Brion, Jeff Corcino, Bob Greenland.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

______________________________

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

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